General Election 2016

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Two of the three candidates for Missouri’s 7th Congressional District gathered Wednesday to share their views on topics ranging from the Affordable Care Act and gun control to poverty and climate change.

In Southwest Springfield, voters will decide whether the 133rd District Seat in the Missouri House of Representatives will remain Republican, or change over to Democratic in a GOP stronghold.

Curtis Trent is the Republican nominee vying for this seat. It is currently held by Republican Eric Burlison, who is barred by term limits from seeking re-election.

Amendment 6 panel
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“220,000 Missourians, that is a significant amount of people who would lose their access to the polling place, lose their voice, and lose their voting to choose who writes their legislation for them,” said Alex Johnson, a Drury University senior.

The statement by Johnson summarized the focus of Tuesday evening’s forum, presented by the League of Women Voters of Southwest Missouri. The event was branded Photo ID for Voters, It’s Not So Simple, and held at Drury’s Findlay Student Center Ballroom.

For the first time in 12 years, someone besides Peter Kinder will be lieutenant governor of Missouri.

Kinder jumped into the governor's race and lost in a crowded Republican primary, coming in third in a contest won by Eric Greitens. The major party candidates on the Nov. 8 ballot are Democrat Russ Carnahan and Republican Mike Parson.

Missouri House District 130 Candidates
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Over the past four years, Missouri House District 130 has been represented by Jeff Messenger, a Republican and an entrepreneur who lives in Republic. This November, his reelection campaign is against Democrat Ella Jane Goeppinger from Willard.

District 130 makes up most of the western half of Greene County including the communities of Ash Grove, Republic, Walnut Grove and Willard. Whoever represents this district has the task of balancing city life and metropolitan businesses with urban life and agriculture.